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Sustainability E-News



December 31, 2015                                   

Volume 7, Number 24





From the Editor

Happy Holidays! Looking back on 2015, the industry has experienced many changes. Some of the most significant include companies embracing LEED v4, manufacturers working toward development of transparency declarations, and the integration of the International Green Construction Code with ASHRAE's Standard 189.1. These efforts will continue in 2016 as LEED 2009 sunsets and LEED v4 becomes the only choice for new projects.


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Christine "Tina" Subasic, PE, LEED AP


NOTE: Inclusion in this newsletter is not an endorsement of the products and materials featured, nor have these products been evaluated by TMS or the editor. Furthermore, the views expressed in the articles featured are those of the article authors.







Congress Passes Funding and Tax Incentives for Green Building


Congress has passed a spending bill and tax extenders package that covers funding for all federal agencies and includes short- and longer-term extensions for a number of popular incentives for businesses and consumers. According to this USGBC article, an initial review of the package indicates it is generally a win for those in green building. 



While the Brick Industry Association's Technical Notes aren't standards in the strict sense, they do provide guidance on brick construction. Check out their latest publication on sustainability and brick below. ~Tina 


BIA Updates Technical Note 48


Technical Note 48 Sustainability and Brick provides information on sustainability, sustainable design and their relationship to brick manufacturing, use and recycling. Sustainable practices in manufacturing are identified, as are ways to utilize brick as part of sustainable design strategies.


USGBC's Top 10 Articles in 2015


2015 was a big year for the USGBC community, and for LEED, too.Here are their 10 most popular articles for the year.



In the first link below a manufacturer shares advice on their experience in developing an Environmental Product Declaration in order to compete in the new LEED v4. ~Tina


Rebar Fabricator Shares Perspectives on Developing an EPD

When LEED v4 came out, steel manufacturer and fabricator, CMC, talked with their customers to learn about which LEED credits they would be pursuing. It became apparent that designers wanted to use CMC's products for the new environmental product declaration (EPD) credit under the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization section of LEED v4. So CMC got to work figuring out how they could help them do just that. Read more here


Do Your Customers Know the Value of Recycling?


Companies that incorporate recycled material into their products should make sure they're also doing a good job of communicating their efforts and explaining the value of recycling to consumers, writes Jim Lyza inthis article. "Make the value proposition obvious. And help your customers see what they're paying for," Lyza advises.



Call for Abstracts: Conference on Detection Limits


The concept of detection limits in environmental measurements can vary in meaning dependent on technology, application or stakeholder community. Stakeholders in regulatory volatile organic compound (VOC) measurement will define detection in a very different way than those interested in asbestos or mold determinations. This conference aims to bring together diverse stakeholders on this issue. The conference will be held August 29-31, 2016, in Raleigh, NC. For more information contact conference chairman Mike Brisson, at


New ASTM Journal on Sustainable Manufacturing


Submit a paper to ASTM's new journal, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. For more information visit




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